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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 5, 2013 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "Looks Like Rain" /"Kentucky Rain" ? Bobby/Elvis ?

In going through 4/12/82 I got to the LLR in the first set . Figuring it was time to get a cup of coffee . While I'm in the kitchen, I could hear Bob going through his "rain rain go away..." spiel , and started hearing "Kentucky Rain" by Elvis . I have cracked before, that the Weir raves at the end of the song remind me of "bad Elvis," but never thought about an actual connection to the work itself . "Kentucky Rain" was recorded in early 69 (I think this is one of the sessions that Donna was on) and released as a single in Jan. 70 ( I remember hearing it riding to school on the bus) . This is a song of a lost love and not knowing why she left . In this one , he goes out in the Kentucky rain t look for her , and the "rain" is a little more literal . I wonder if this was in the back of Barow's and Weirs minds ? The Dead covered "Long Black Limousine" that Elvis did on his 1969 "From Elvis in Memphis" ( more Donna ?) , but they could have got it form earlier recordings of it .
It is probably a better song (though a little sedimental,) than the Weir/Barlow tune, but a good version of LLR sort of gets into the same emotional territory .

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Poster: and improved! Date: Apr 5, 2013 3:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Looks Like Rain' /'Kentucky Rain' ? Bobby/Elvis ?

tomorrow marks the anniversary of one of the best and my favorite LLRs...

Road Trips Vol 4 number 4 !!

This post was modified by and improved! on 2013-04-05 22:57:12